Baby Jett is a living miracle, to say the least. Despite the diagnosis by his doctors and pressure on his parents to abort him prematurely, he continues life just like any ordinary individual.
According to a Telegraph report, Jett’s mother suffered from premature rupture of membranes, the rupture of the amniotic sac prior to labor. It was soon followed by placenta previa, where the all-important placenta is located too close to the cervix, forcing an early delivery lest risk excessive bleeding. The odds were clearly against Jett.
Much to the doctors’ astonishment, Jett was born without any serious complications, albeit small at 1.4 lbs. By comparison, the acceptable range for a newborn is between 5.5 and 10 lbs.
Early delivery almost always presents problems for doctors and would-be parents. Without a full array of working organs, any newborn will be highly prone to brain damage. Birth injury is a serious offense; but in Jett’s case, the doctors were right. The report stated that they warned the mother of possible brain damage but understood that the baby had to be delivered right away.
Sometimes, an early delivery is necessary to save the lives of both mother and child. The fact that the mother’s water broke early indicates bacteria in the genital tract, possibly pointing to a history of genital diseases like gonorrhea and bacterial vaginosis. Nevertheless, the doctor will take full responsibility for the decision should it go awry.
As the baby was born generally healthy, there was no reason to file for gross negligence or similar charges. If you’re faced with a similar dilemma, make sure that you’ve exhausted every available option other than the most drastic. New York birth injury attorney Joseph Lichtenstein advises not giving into pressure until a consensus has been reached.
If the worst-case scenario does occur, allow a reputable New York birth injury attorney to help. If something has clearly gone wrong on the doctor’s end, it will be up to the attorney to establish a strong argument. With years of experience dealing with birth injury cases, justice for you and your child couldn’t be in better hands.
(Source: “Parents who ignored doctors’ advice to abort premature baby celebrate his first birthday,” Telegraph, January 5, 2015)